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Welcome to the online home of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival

The 2021 festival will stream across the United States from May 19 at 12:01am EDT - May 27 at 11:59pm PDT.

This year’s festival presents 10 compelling new films, and live captioned Q&As with filmmakers, film participants and human rights leaders. Check out a special welcome letter from our Human Rights Watch Film Festival programming team, telling you about the films presented in this year’s festival.

This year’s festival is co-presented by our longtime partners Film at Lincoln Center and IFC Center.

To learn more about how to take part in this year’s festival please click here to read the instructions to read about the way to set up your home viewing system to take part.

Read about the work of Human Rights Watch to defend human rights around the world.


For more information about the Human Rights Watch film festival, please visit our press page.


To find out how to purchase a ticket or view your films visit our “Digital Festival How-To page.” . For any customer service inquiries, please be sure to visit our HELP page, or click the blue “Chat” icon in bottom right of your screen to speak with someone in real time to resolve any tech issues. This option is strongly preferred as we can get back to you quicker. You may also email for any customer service needs and we will reply as soon as we are able - which is often the next business day. We apologize for any inconvenience this causes and appreciate your patience.

If you require further help with your HRW Film Festival film rental please visit our “help” page to check your system set-up requirements + tips for the best experience.